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Belgium - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Belgium - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Belgium's telecom market has long benefited from comprehensive DSL and cable networks, complemented by limited but increasingly prevalent fibre deployments. Though relatively small, the market has attracted investment from some of the region's major players, including Liberty Global and Orange Group. There have been significant developments in the competitive landscape in recent years, fostered by regulatory measures which require cablecos to allow competitors access to their networks. This has enabled Orange Belgium to become a viable force in the market for bundled services offerings, hitherto dominated by Proximus. Nevertheless, Orange Belgium has seen its influence in the mobile market wane in recent years, principally through having lost two key MVNOs which are now hosted on the network of its main rival BASE, owned by Telenet since 2016.

Telenet's acquisition of BASE and of SFR Belgium in June 2017 has made the telco the second largest in the country, a position bolstered by a strong presence in the TV and broadband sectors.

Broadband penetration has made considerable progress in recent years, largely thanks to regulatory measures to promote wholesale and bitstream access. In the mobile sector LTE availability is nearly universal, while there are ongoing investments in developing applications and services for 5G, with commercial services expected soon after the auction of 3.5GHz spectrum in early 2019.

This report provides data and analysis on key aspects of the Belgian telecom market. It assesses the latest statistics on fixed-network services and also reviews key regulatory issues, noting the status of interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability and carrier preselection. The telecom infrastructure and major fixed-network operators are also profiled.Key developments:


Regulator issues Strategic Plan covering 2017-19;

Regulator undergoes structural changes to meet strategic vision;

Report update includes the regulator's market data for 2017, regulator's annual report for 2017, telcos' financial and operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.Companies mentioned in this report:


Proximus (Belgacom), COLT, Orange Belgium (Mobistar), Scarlet, Tele2, Telenet, Versatel.


  • SYNOPSIS
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Belgium - 2018 (e)
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom market investment: fixed and mobile by sector - 2006 - 2010; 2014 - 16
      • Table Total telecom market investment - 2012 - 2017
      • Table Telecom market investment: network and licenses - 2011 - 2017
      • Table Telecom investment as a proportion of revenue - 2011 - 2017
      • Table Telecom market investment by operator (regulator data) - 2007 - 2013
      • Table Retail telecom revenue by sector - 2012 - 2017
      • Table Wholesale telecom revenue by sector - 2012 - 2017
      • Table Total telecom revenue by sector - 2011 - 2017
      • Table Fixed voice ARPU - 2008 - 2015
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORIC OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • GOVERNMENT POLICIES
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
      • Table Unbundled loops and access lines (historic) - 2004 - 2009
    • CABLE NETWORK ACCESS
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Fixed numbers ported - 2000 - 2017
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table Carrier preselect numbers and annual change - 2000 - 2017
    • WHOLESALE LINE RENTAL (WLR)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Proximus share of fixed-line traffic by type - 2006 - 2012
      • Table Fixed-line telephony revenue - 2002 - 2017
      • Table Average price for fixed-line call - 2007 - 2013
      • Table Fixed-line and mobile traffic volume - 2007 - 2017
      • Table Fixed-line traffic by type - 2005 - 2017
    • PROXIMUS
      • Table Proximus (CBU) access channels - 2007 - 2018
      • Table Proximus Group financial data - 2003 - 2018
      • Table Proximus revenue by sector - 2004 - 2018
      • Table Proximus revenue by operating division - 2007 - 2018
      • Table Proximus fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) - 2007 - 2018
      • Table Proximus monthly ARPU by sector (CBU) - 2005 - 2018
    • COLT TELECOM
    • ORANGE BELGIUM
      • Table Orange Belgium financial data - 2013 - 2018
      • Table Orange Belgium service revenue by sector - 2007 - 2016
      • Table Orange Belgium retail service revenue by sector (new style) - 2016 - 2018
      • Table Orange Belgium subscribers by sector - 2008 - 2018
    • SCARLET (FORMERLY KPN BELGIUM)
    • TELE2 BELGIUM
    • TELENET
      • Table Telenet revenue by sector - 2004 - 2018
      • Table Telenet subscribers by sector - 2006 - 2018
      • Table Telenet financial data - 2005 - 2018
      • Table Telenet subscriber monthly ARPU (historic) - 2005 - 2014
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historical - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Fixed lines by type - 2006 - 2017
    • NEXT GENERATION NETWORK (NGN)
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
    • CLOUD SERVICES
    • SMART METERS
  • RELATED REPORTS

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